Did anyone in India know who Barbara Mori was until the Roshans brought her over for Kites? And now after Cannes, Barbara is being recognized on an international podium.
It's not just fame that Kites has brought Ms Mori. She also knew no English before she started shooting for Kites. But by the time the shooting concluded she could grope around the English language, thanks to Hrithik Roshan.
Apparently, Barbara and Hrithik made a pact. Hrithik would teach Barbara English and Barbara would teach him Spanish.
"I don't know how much of the promised linguistic exchange worked. But Hrithik knows enough Spanish to understand Mori better than his character in Kites who can't follow a word of what she says in the film," says a crew member.
As for Barbara's angrezi, she has picked up enough to conduct herself coherently with the media in Cannes. Although, apparently, she would often turn to Hrithik to get the right word.
Says Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan: "Barbara knew only Spanish when she started shooting for Kites. That suited us fine since her character is supposed to understand only Spanish. During shooting she needed to communicate with her co-stars and the crew. She was forced to learn English. Now she speaks just enough to make herself understood."
The film's shooting is over. But the editing remains. Rakesh Roshan is hoping for an October release.
"All the prospective buyers and media persons loved the trailer we took to Cannes. This was my first official visit to Cannes though I've been to this city for holidays," says Rakesh Roshan.